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Bulls greet a familiar face
Posted Aug 17, 2011 by Adam Adkins
Updated Aug 17, 2011 at 12:12 AM
VERO BEACH Prior to the start of Tuesday’s practice at the Vero Beach Sports Village, USF’s players made their way over to the spectator area to greet a familiar face.
Cody Urbanczyk, a 9-year-old boy battling leukemia who was a regular at USF practices last year in Vero Beach, had stopped by to catch a glimpse of the team, and the Bulls made sure they were aware of his presence. All USF players walked over and exchanged pleasantries with Urbanczyk, his father and brother before getting going on the practice field.
“A couple guys had asked me how much he’s been around, haven’t seen him a whole lot this year, and so when he and his dad and his brother were here tonight, I tried to bring him out there to come out with the team but he was too shy, so we brought the team to him just to go see him,” said Holtz, who recalled seeing Urbanczyk a few times during this year’s trip for camp. “With what he’s been battling, he’s gone through nine months of pretty tough battle. His spirits are up, and he’s got a great attitude and his dad has just shared just how rewarding it’s been and what it’s meant to him to be around the team.
“It’s just a lot of these guys, a lot of good people in the locker room, and they’re the ones asking me about him. And so when I saw him here, it was like we’re going to get over there and say hello for sure.”
As for the practice, the Bulls were scheduled to go through the two-hour workout in full pads. However, Holtz allowed the team to go through practice in helmets and shorts, rewarding them after a long day of work Monday.
“We just got so much done yesterday with the two-a-day, going full pads last night. We had a nice cool night and ended up going about 125 plays of team, got some great work in and just felt like we needed to pull back a little bit as much as we’ve been hitting,” Holtz said.
The Bulls will go in full pads Wednesday morning in their final workout in Vero Beach. The team will return to Tampa in the afternoon.
INJURY UPDATE: Defensive tackle Cory Grissom, who had been sidelined the past few days with a head injury, returned to practice Tuesday, as did cornerback Quenton Washington, who missed Monday’s workouts with an illness. Offensive lineman Tony Kibler, meanwhile, was sidelined after suffering a right shoulder injury Monday night, though Holtz said the injury was minor. Other players who missed practice Tuesday were offensive lineman Mark Popek (head), cornerback Ernie Tabuteau (back), defensive tackle Demi Thompson (back) and safety C.J. Garye (knee). Holtz said Garye’s injury is the only one not considered day-to-day.